gradient

Noun

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Noun

**gradient** (*plural* gradients)

- A slope or incline.
- A rate of inclination or declination of a slope.
- (
*calculus*) Of a function*y*=*f*(*x*) or the graph of such a function, the rate of change of*y*with respect to*x*

that is, the amount by which*y*changes for a certain (often unit) change in*x*

equivalently, the inclination to the X axis of the tangent to the curve of the graph. - (
*science*) The rate at which a physical quantity increases or decreases relative to change in a given variable, especially distance. - (
*analysis*) A differential operator that maps each point of a scalar field to a vector pointed in the direction of the greatest rate of change of the scalar. Notation for a scalar field φ: ∇φ - A gradual change in color. A color gradient; gradation.

- French: gradient
- German: Gradient
- Italian: gradiente
- Portuguese: gradiente
- Russian: градие́нт
- Spanish: gradiente

- French: dégradé

**gradient** (*not comparable*)

- Moving by steps; walking.
*gradient**automata*

- Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination.
*the***gradient**line of a railroad

- Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds.

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